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“Person of the Year” Nomination for Higgs Boson Riddled with Errors | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

“Person of the Year” Nomination for Higgs Boson Riddled with Errors | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | this curious life | Scoop.it

Time magazine recently posted 30 nominations for its ever-popular “Person of the Year” award. Tucked in between President Barack Obama and the Korean rapper Psy is an unlikely candidate for the “Person of the Year”—a subatomic particle.


'Under ordinary circumstances, we would be all for the elevation of the Higgs to “Person of the Year” status, if only to further honor the heroic efforts of thousands of scientists and engineers who made the discovery possible (more on that below). But Time’s nomination threatens to do more harm than good. Every single sentence in Time’s nomination contains at least one serious error.'

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Pets at work policies proving beneficial for both humans and dogs

Pets at work policies proving beneficial for both humans and dogs | this curious life | Scoop.it
The pet friendly policies in some Australian offices have made it less uncommon to work alongside a pet.
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'Nothing Short of Attempted Murder': A Brief History of Anti-Vaxxers

'Nothing Short of Attempted Murder': A Brief History of Anti-Vaxxers | this curious life | Scoop.it
There are virtually no photographs of twenty-first century American children covered with measles. The disease, as well as the sight of it, is something we have banished to the past: the stuff of medical archives and undeveloped foreign countries. Consequently, the photos and stock images that illustrate the news stories about the recent measles outbreak are almost entirely of healthy children—usually white—either crying or sitting patiently while a disembodied adult hand holds an unusually larg
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NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Child doctors improve Indigenous health where governments have failed

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : Child doctors improve Indigenous health where governments have failed | this curious life | Scoop.it
Rhonda-Lee Lardner, 8, is learning about hygiene, traditional and bush medicine as part of the Dhalayi doctor program at St Joseph's Primary School in Kempsey. Photos by: Peter Rae These ambassador...
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Louis Le Prince, who shot the world's first film in Leeds - BBC News

Louis Le Prince, who shot the world's first film in Leeds - BBC News | this curious life | Scoop.it
A new documentary argues that the first film was shot in Leeds in 1888 - but that its maker disappeared before he could claim his place in cinema history.
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Talking camel a star performer at outback show

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A talking camel is the star performer at an outback show in Gundaroo, New South Wales.
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WHO says insecticide lindane causes cancer - BBC News

WHO says insecticide lindane causes cancer - BBC News | this curious life | Scoop.it
The insecticide lindane causes cancer in humans, says the WHO after conducting a review.
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20 bizarre new ICD-10 codes

20 bizarre new ICD-10 codes | this curious life | Scoop.it
The ICD-10 code set, scheduled to go live on Oct. 1, 2015, brings with it thousands of new codes for medical practices nationwide. And while some will b
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Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ of Weird | WIRED

Absurd Creature of the Week: Forget the Platypus. The Echidna Is the True Champ of Weird | WIRED | this curious life | Scoop.it
These nocturnal creatures lay eggs like reptiles and detect electrical fields like sharks. And of course the males have four-headed penises.
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Mystery of 'severed finger' solved

Mystery of 'severed finger' solved | this curious life | Scoop.it
A sea squirt that sparked a forensic examination due to its gruesome severed finger appearance has been cleaned up at its new home inside a Darwin museum.
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These charts show the animals most likely to kill you this summer

These charts show the animals most likely to kill you this summer | this curious life | Scoop.it
Are you afraid of sharks? You should be, what with their insatiable appetite and 15 rows of serrated teeth and the way they lurk in that murky area just offshore where you can't see the bottom and you can't move quickly and, oh God, did something just brush up against my leg?
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Breaking: Teens Are Not Killing The English Language

Breaking: Teens Are Not Killing The English Language | this curious life | Scoop.it
A subhead from a 1997 LA Times article on teens experimenting with a brand new language reads, “Technology: Messages made from numerals are popular nationwide.”

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The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life | this curious life | Scoop.it
Education should be an act of liberation
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'Education should be an act of liberation' & everyone should read Alice Miller

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Hitler’s Parkinsonism changed history: study

Hitler’s Parkinsonism changed history: study | this curious life | Scoop.it
The Nazi leader’s poor decision-making was a typical disease trait, say researchers
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Meet the New, Dangerous Fringe of the Anti-Vaccination Movement

Meet the New, Dangerous Fringe of the Anti-Vaccination Movement | this curious life | Scoop.it
The 11-year-old girl’s mother saw the Facebook message first. It came from a profile that looked like it belonged to the girl’s beloved aunt, but the words didn’t sound like her.
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Privilege makes them do it — what a study of Internet trolls reveals

Privilege makes them do it — what a study of Internet trolls reveals | this curious life | Scoop.it
The British government just put up a website with advice on how to fight back against Internet trolls. Popular Science magazine decided "trolls and spambots" were shouting down scientific debate; Christianity Today also ended online comments on its news and features, and the news service Reuters pulled the plug on its comment page for news stories. Humans have said and written nasty things about each other ever since there were humans; has the Internet changed anything? Whitney Phillip
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Yasmin pill risk: stroke victim joins class action against drug company Bayer

Yasmin pill risk: stroke victim joins class action against drug company Bayer | this curious life | Scoop.it
"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."
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Jason Beghe: The TV Tough Guy Who Took on Scientology

Jason Beghe: The TV Tough Guy Who Took on Scientology | this curious life | Scoop.it
The 'Chicago P.D.' star used to be a poster boy for the church — when he left, things got ugly
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Red Centre emu thinks it is a horse

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A Red Centre emu has taken up residence with police horses in Alice Springs, enjoying the 'equine lifestyle'.
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'Organs-on-chips' wins design award - BBC News

'Organs-on-chips' wins design award - BBC News | this curious life | Scoop.it
Silicon chips that mimic the function of living human organs win the Design of the Year award from the Design Museum in London.
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At the end of the Wallander era, Nordic Noir has come into its own

At the end of the Wallander era, Nordic Noir has come into its own | this curious life | Scoop.it
Nordic Noir fans are currently indulging in a prolonged festival of Scandinavian culture. The SBS and the ABC are both broadcasting Wallander, the Swedish and British television series based on crime novelist…
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Russia is questioning whether the moon landings actually happened

Russia is questioning whether the moon landings actually happened | this curious life | Scoop.it
The increasingly tense relationship between the United States and Russia might be about to face a new challenge: a Russian investigation into American moon landings.
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General relativity explains why Schrodinger's cat is alive

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General relativity theory can explain why one of the spooky properties of quantum mechanics works at the subatomic scale, but not in everyday life, say scientists
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WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News - Top Stories - Pope's Stance Leaks; Calls for Urgent Action on Environment

VATICAN CITY AP -- A draft copy of Pope Francis' eagerly awaited encyclical on the environment calls
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Elective C-Section Could Risk Kids' Long-Term Health

Calls for guidelines to note risks of childhood diseases after cesarean delivery
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